2008 Las Vegas Bowl

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2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
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1234 Total
BYU 0777 21
Arizona 73147 31
DateDecember 20, 2008
StadiumSam Boyd Stadium
LocationWhitney, Nevada
MVPQB Willie Tuitama, Arizona
National anthemDavid Hasselhoff[1]
PayoutUS$1,000,000 per team[3]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersMike Patrick, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Nielsen ratings2.2
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The 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl was an NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS post-season college football bowl game between the Arizona Wildcats (fifth pick from the Pacific-10 Conference) and the BYU Cougars (third place overall in the Mountain West Conference). The game was played on December 20, 2008, starting at 5 p.m. PST at 40,000-seat off campus Sam Boyd Stadium of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.[4]

The Wildcats stunned the 16th ranked Cougars in the coldest Las Vegas Bowl in history, 31–21. It was televised on ESPN. The announcers were Mike Patrick and Todd Blackledge with the sideline reporting by Holly Rowe. Starting in 2001, the Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of teams from Mountain West and the Pac-10.

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
Arizona - Nic Grigsby 1-yard TD run (Jason Bondzio kick), 6:23 Arizona 7-0
2nd Quarter
Arizona - Bondzio 31-yard FG, 9:21 Arizona 10-0
BYU - Harvey Unga 1-yard TD run (Mitch Payne kick), 6:50 Arizona 10-7
3rd Quarter
BYU - Andrew George 1-yard TD pass from Max Hall (Payne kick), 11:21 BYU 14-10
Arizona - Delashaun Dean 37-yard TD pass from Willie Tuitama (Bondzio kick), 7:07 Arizona 17-14
Arizona - Chris Gronkowski 24-yard TD pass from Tuitama (Bondzio kick), :25 Arizona 24-14
4th Quarter
Arizona - Tuitama 6-yard TD run (Bondzio kick), 6:09 Arizona 31-14
BYU - Hall 1-yard TD run (Payne kick), 3:38 Arizona 31-21
Arizona (in red) on offense during the game.


  1. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/449/story/946701.html
  2. ^ http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705272150,00.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "BYU and Arizona to meet in Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl XVII". lvbowl.com. December 7, 2008. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008.